Starkville Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are often some of the most tragic and damaging accidents on Mississippi roads. Statistics show that those operating motorcycles are more susceptible to injuries on the road than those driving traditional passenger cars. Per vehicle mile traveled, a motorcyclist is over 20 times more likely to die and almost 4 times as likely to be injured, compared to a passenger car occupant involved in an auto accident. These sobering statistics make sense when you think about it – motorcycles lack many of the safety features and protections offered by standard passenger cars and buses. The dedicated Starkville motorcycle accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have over 25 years helping motorcyclists recover compensation following auto collisions, and our team is ready to begin helping you today.Seeking Recovery for Motorcycle Crash Victims in Starkville and Oktibbeha County
Similar to a traditional car accident case, a motorcyclist injured in a motorcycle accident in Mississippi will have to show that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident. In order to succeed on a claim of negligence, Mississippi courts require a plaintiff to show four elements: (1) the existence of a duty to conform to a specific standard of protection of others against the unreasonable risk of injury; (2) a breach of that duty; (3) a causal relationship between the breach and the alleged injury; and (4) injuries or damages.
This burden of proof applies whether you were struck by a four-door car or commercial truck. Evidence can come from a variety of sources, including police reports, witness statements, photographs, video footage, and physical evidence from the crash scene. Common forms of negligence are drunk driving, drugged driving, texting while driving, speeding, disregarding traffic signals, and similar acts. A motorcycle accident lawyer in the Starkville area can help you build a claim based on any of these situations.
There are a number of damages a victim in a motorcycle accident can claim, including medical expenses, lost wages, diminished employment opportunities, pain and suffering, or loss of affection, also known as loss of consortium. Physical injuries in a motorcycle wreck can range from whiplash to permanent disability or paralysis. Further, many victims suffer road rash and long term scarring. While many injuries are apparent in the immediate aftermath, many come to fruition after the accident. Therefore, it is critical to undergo a thorough medical examination as soon after the accident as possible to address complaints of pain, including soreness and stiffness. You may be able to recover damages for past, current, and future medical expenses, including ambulance fees, physical therapy, consultations with health care professionals, and in-home services.
There are a number of issues that a motorcycle accident attorney in Starkville will consider in your case. One particularly important issue is insurance. Mississippi law requires drivers to carry liability insurance, which provides coverage for the other car and/or driver when a driver is at fault for an accident. A driver must carry minimum liability coverage in the amount of $25,000 per person for bodily injury, $50,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 per accident for property damages. Unfortunately, not all drivers comply with these insurance requirements. If the at-fault driver did not carry insurance or did not have enough to fully compensate you, you can utilize your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to compensate for the at-fault party’s lack of sufficient coverage.We Offer Free Consultations with a Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash in Starkville or the surrounding area, our firm may be able to provide legal representation in a lawsuit for damages. As a large regional personal injury law firm, we have the resources and staff necessary to investigate your situation and ensure your legal rights are protected. In addition to motorcycle accidents, our Starkville attorneys handle cases involving injuries resulting from truck accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, and more. We represent clients in Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including cities such as Starkville, Tupelo, Oxford, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call NST toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer. After speaking with one of our Starkville motorcycle accident lawyers, you will see why NST is the way to go.